Gujarat is the Indian state that has been the cradle of evolution of mankind, right from the Indus valley civilization to the proposed flying bullet trains, the state that has been the epicentre of trade from one of the ancient ports of the world, the Lothal, to the current trade centres of Ahmedabad and Surat. Gujarat has transcended itself through the rules of many prestigious kingdoms like the Mauryan Empire. It has also witnessed many wars and invasions, and stories of success, failures and deceptions are engraved in its heart. The same Gujarat gave birth to the Mahatma Gandhi and has been the ground for his movements including the Dandi march. And in the latest pages of its rich history lies the poignant mishaps of the earthquake of 2001, the Godhra train burning and the communal riots that followed.
But Gujarat has evolved since then, as if a Phoenix bird, and is now synonymous with business and infrastructure capital of India.
No riots have happened since then and the state exhibits the beauty of the amalgamation of various cultures not only in its splendid architecture but also in the fabric of everyday lives. And my decision to explore this state doesn't need any more reasons, if not, the tempting Gujarati sweets.